Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Earth, Wind & Flames
VP Records-Walboomers Music
06 - 04 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Bounty Killer & Spragga Benz - Believe It Or Not
  2. Sugar Slick & Briggy - Gun Shot In The Night
  3. Assassin - Nothing Else
  4. Bling Dawg - Next To You
  5. Vybz Cartel feat. Snow Cone - Straight Gangster
  6. Earth Worm - War A Go Jump Off
  7. Killer Bee - Squeeze The Trigger
  8. Stranger & Keke-Flinte - Shoot For Free
  9. Wasp Nest & Snow Cone - Yuh Style
  10. Red Rat - Gully Mouth
  11. Frisco Kid - Gimme Ya
  12. Mr. Pepper - Cruel
  13. Shane-O - Gun Plus Gun
  14. Lady Saw - Who's Hot
  15. Spice - Caan Hold Yu Man
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Producer Rohan "Snow Cone" Fuller first attracted notable attention when he unleashed his "Rice & Peas" in 2001. His latest riddim is called "Earth, Wind & Flames", a hard driving up-tempo street beat full of hi-tech synth effects. The syncopated keyboard hits create a dizzying effect which makes that the vibe of the riddim is hard and gritty. This, and the fact that most of the songs are on a 'gangsta' tip, creates on atmosphere that is reminiscent of a movie soundtrack. Although the line up features namebrand artists such as Red Rat, Frisco Kid and Bounty Killer & Spragga Benz, this bashment selection brings us lesser known Jamaican artists like Spice, Mr. Pepper, Earth Worm, Killer Bee, Stranger & Keke-Flinte and Shane-O. It's the unknown Earth Worm who makes a good impression with "War Ah Go Jump Off" and also Mr. Pepper delivers a satisfying piece with his cut entitled "Clear". Other tracks worth of hearing are the Bounty Killer & Spragga Benz combination "Believe It Or Not", "Gun Shot In The Night" by Sugar Slick & Briggy (containing snatches of Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night") and Frisco Kid's "Gimmie Ya".
An assault of fifteen cuts across the "Earth, Wind & Flames" riddim can only be handled by the diehard dancehall fan. So be warned!!

Teacher & Mr. T.